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Murals on Shivaleela add more divinity to Kapileshwar Temple

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A new hall with murals on Shivaleela was unveiled which showcase different facets and forms of Shiva at the Kapileshwar Temple Belagavi, which is known as the Kashi of the south. There is an inscription in the Kamal Basti which suggests this temple is one of the oldest in the state and dates back to 1000 AD.

The Shiva linga is said to be self-originated—Swayambhu. There is a rare confluence of three sacred trees—banyan, peepal, and ficus.

A new hall has been constructed beside the temple to conduct religious and spiritual activities and the hall has been adorned with murals on Shivaleela.

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mural-kapileshwar temple belagaviVarious other rejuvenation works of the temple are also underway and currently, the temple has been illuminated and preparations are in full swing for Maha Shivratri.

A lot of positive development is happening at Kapileshwar Temple, Belagavi, popularly known as Dakshin Kashi. The Constitution of Vedic Pathshala is one of the other developments. Request devotees and philanthropists to come forward and contribute generously to the cause. Donations may please be sent in the name of:

Shri Kapileshwar Mahadev Trust, Bank: Vijaya Bank A/C No 127500541000004  ISFC CODE – VIJB0001275

About the Temple:

Kapileshwar temple Belagavi is known as the Kashi of the south. There is an inscription in the Kamal Basti which suggests this temple is one of the oldest in the state and dates back to 1000 AD.

The Shiva linga is said to be self-originated—Swayambhu. There is a rare confluence of three sacred trees—banyan, peepal, and ficus.

The shrine is revered as the southern equivalent of Kasi—Dakshina Kasi. It is staunchly believed that pilgrimage to Jyotirlingas, numbering 12 and scattered across India, won’t be complete without worshipping the presiding deity of this shrine. As in Kashi, the devotees are allowed close access to Shiva which gives devotees much spiritual bliss. Legend has it that the linga here was venerated by Kapila Muni and hence the name Kapileshwar. It is said that the saint worshipped Shiva by starting a fire and pouring oblations dear to Him as aahudhi

Adi Sankara had visited the shrine in the 8th century. Swami Vivekananda, the champion of Hindu cause, culture, and philosophy, had a darshan of the lord during his brief spiritual sojourn in Belgaum. Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi had prostrated before this lord of the world (Viswanath) in 1924. Revolutionary freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak had also visited the shrine.

Mural paintings, depicting themes from Bhagavatam, Gajendra Moksham and Linga Purana adorn the four walls. Emancipation of Ahalya, cursed to become a stone, by the magic touch of Lord Ram’s lotus feet—a scene from the Ramayana—is depicted in sparkling colors.

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